Make Animated Videos with Toontastic 3D
Jan17

Make Animated Videos with Toontastic 3D

Toontastic is a fantastic digital storytelling tool. Since the last time I wrote about it it’s been bought by Google, who have just relaunched it as a shiny new 3D version. The new version is now free, with no pop up ads or additional in-app purchases! With Toontastic 3D children can draw, animate, and narrate their own cartoons. It’s really easy to do. Simply choose a setting and characters, move them around onscreen...

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Explore the world with the Discovery VR App
Jan11

Explore the world with the Discovery VR App

Discovery VR is a new video resource from Discovery Education. The app allows you to explore a wide range of content filmed by Discovery on your phone, iPad or via a VR headset such as Google Cardboard. When viewed on a phone or iPad, the videos work as 360 videos, so you don’t need any special viewers if you don’t have access to one. You can just tilt and move the iPad to look around or pan around with your finger. But if...

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Reach Out Reporter : Free Primary Science News
Dec01

Reach Out Reporter : Free Primary Science News

Reach Out Reporter is a new FREE online primary science news service which helps teachers integrate topical science into everyday teaching and learning. Reach Out Reporter engages primary school children with the wonders of the world around them using high-quality films and other learning resources. The service is updated weekly with new content and is available free of charge to all primary school teachers across the UK. Reach Out...

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Play Like Share – New KS2 Esafety resource from CEOP
Nov21

Play Like Share – New KS2 Esafety resource from CEOP

Play Like Share is a new three-episode animated series from CEOP which aims to help eight-to-ten year olds learn how to stay safe from sexual abuse, exploitation and other risks they might encounter online. The films follow the adventures of Sam, Ellie and Alfie as they form a band and enter their school’s Battle of the Bands contest, taking on the mean but ‘cool’ Popcorn Wizards as they go. The three friends learn...

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PhET Science and Maths Simulations – now an iPad App
Nov09

PhET Science and Maths Simulations – now an iPad App

The PhET website has been a favourite of mine for a long time. Created by the University of Colorado Boulder it hosts a wonderful array of interactive science and maths simulations for students. Recently, many of the simulations have been converted to HTML5 to make them iPad-friendly, and now they’ve released an app too! The app delivers all their HTML5 sims with these extra features: Automatic updates: get the latest HTML5 sims...

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Curiosity Box – A Regular Delivery of Science to your Door
Oct11

Curiosity Box – A Regular Delivery of Science to your Door

The Curiosity Box is a new service that delivers science to your doorstep in a regular monthly box. Aimed at children aged 7-11, each pack provides all they need to carry out several simple science experiments. All the themes are linked to the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum. The folks at Curiosity Box sent me over a box to see what I thought, so I roped in my 11 year old niece to help me out with it. Firstly, I loved the packaging 🙂...

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Augmented Reality Animals, Dinosaurs and Space Apps From Octagon Studios
Oct06

Augmented Reality Animals, Dinosaurs and Space Apps From Octagon Studios

Augmented Reality is the term used by apps which overlay content on top of real world objects. Imagine viewing a textbook page through your iPad and the pictures come to life with sound and animations. This can have some great educational uses. From bringing spacecraft or animals into the classroom, to bringing storybooks to life with 3D models. While investigating new Augmented Reality apps for a workshop I was planning, I stumbled...

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Take Your Whole Class on an Immersive Virtual Trip with Google Expeditions
Oct03

Take Your Whole Class on an Immersive Virtual Trip with Google Expeditions

Want to take your class to the International Space Station? Well now you can, with a Google Expedition! Google Expeditions is a new virtual reality teaching tool that lets teachers lead their class on immersive virtual trips all over the world. Take them to look at historical landmarks, dive underwater with sharks, even visit a real space station! What Does it Do? The Google Expeditions app allows a teacher acting as a “guide” to lead...

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Raspberry Pi Sense Hat Emulator : Put a Pi on your iPad
Sep12

Raspberry Pi Sense Hat Emulator : Put a Pi on your iPad

If you’ve wanted to try out the Sense HAT for Raspberry Pi, or want a whole class to test one without buying lots, then this new emulator is just what you need! It’s now possible to code the Sense HAT for Raspberry Pi in an emulator in a web browser, without any hardware. The Sense HAT emulator allows pupils to run the same Python code that runs on a real Sense HAT on a Raspberry Pi, emulating its behaviour in a virtual...

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Code for Life – Primary Coding from Ocado
Aug23

Code for Life – Primary Coding from Ocado

The Code for Life website has been developed by grocery giants Ocado to help teachers deliver the new computing curriculum and inspire the next generation of computer scientists. Their first game, Rapid Router is a free teaching resource aimed at Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2 children. It is a fun and engaging coding game that helps teach children the basic principles of programming. Built on ‘Blockly’, visual...

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Ideas for Using Google Cardboard Virtual Reality in the Classroom
Aug22

Ideas for Using Google Cardboard Virtual Reality in the Classroom

I can remember my first experience of Virtual Reality back in the early 1990s, standing in the middle of Keddies Department store in Southend with a huge headset on, moving round a very blocky dungeon. Sadly the technology just wasn’t quite there and apart from Sci-Fi movies (Lawnmower Man anyone?) – VR vanished. But 30 years later, it’s back, and the technology you need to make it work is sitting in your pocket...

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Exploring the Universe in No Man’s Sky
Aug17

Exploring the Universe in No Man’s Sky

As you may have noticed from the lack of blogposts, I’m having a bit of summer downtime. And inbetween long bouts of sitting in front of the Olympics (go Team GB!) I’ve spent the last week exploring the universe in No Man’s Sky. No Man’s Sky is a new game for PC and PS4. In it you take the role of a nameless space traveller, zooming around the universe. The game is huge, there are over 18 quintillion planets...

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